Violet North is wonderfully inconvenient. Abandoned by her family and lost in an imagined world of moors and adventure, her life changes in the space of just 37 words exchanged with a stranger at her front door.
Decades later, Daniel Bearing has inherited his father’s multi-million-pound business and is utterly lost. He has no idea who he is or where his life is headed.
When Violet’s granddaughter’s marriage falls apart, Tilly, always adept with numbers, compiles a detailed statistical report to pinpoint why. But the Compatibility Index Tilly creates has unforeseen consequences for everyone in her world.
Tilly and Daniel share a secret too. 10.37am, April 22nd. Soon, a complex web of secrets and lies is exposed, and an adventure begins with a blue typewriter…
‘The Map of Us’ took a little while to get into, it’s written in a deliberately haphazard way, more thoughts than prose, but once you accept the style, the content is original and full of emotional depth.
Violet (Grandmother) and Tilly (Grandaughter) are the story’s main protagonists, but there are also numerous minor characters who are intrinsic to the map of Tilly’s family and add depth to this quirky tale.
It’s surprisingly addictive reading and well thought out. If the need for the map is Tilly’s family’s future happiness, what follows is the journey she and other family members take to reach their destinations. Humour, romance, cruelty and poignancy create an ever-changing map that enthrals and entertains until it reaches its conclusion.
A lovely, timeless read that is full of heart and humour.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.